July 13, 2011

As much as 80% of all long-term care is provided in the home by spouses, parents and adult children.  Unfortunately, caregiving can also take a toll on the caregiver.  Elderly caregivers that have a history of chronic illnesses have a 63% higher mortailty rate, 61% suffer depression and caregiving has been linked to higher stroke risk, especially in men.  Being a family caregiver can be a difficult journey.  If you are a family caregiver please be sure to take care of your own needs; get regular check-ups, join a support group and get respite care from a reputable home care company such as Griswold Special Care of San Antonio (www.griswoldsa.com).